A LIFESAVER dad from Hartlepool enjoyed a star-studded night with celebrities and royalty at a glittering awards ceremony.
Andy Cave, 35, was one of just four people nationally who were nominated for St John Ambulance’s Everyday Hero award.
It was after he saved the life of his three-year-old daughter Keerah from choking on a penny at home thanks to newly-learned first-aid skills for his role as a junior football coach.
Andy and partner Emma Picton attended the glitzy ceremony at London’s Lancaster Hotel in London.
Although Andy did not win he and Emma, 31, rubbed shoulders with the stars including TV presenters Tess Daley and Matthew Wright and former footballer Fabrice Muamba who was revived by CPR after he suffered a heart attack on the pitch.
Andy, of Tristram Avenue, Hartlepool, said: “It was a great night and the lad who won deserved it. He saved a 15-month-old baby who fell in a river and he revived her, so I couldn’t grumble.”
He and Emma also managed to overcome royal security to get a picture with the Countess of Wessex.
Andy, also dad to dad to Jake, 11, and stepchildren Leona, 11, and Sophie, eight, said: “I think we were the only people to get a picture with Sophie.
“As I walked past I was a little bit cheeky and said ‘is there any chance of we could get a photo’ and she said ‘yes course you can.’”
A St John spokesman said: “Andy’s been fantastic in getting the first aid message out there through friends and he’s been on radio and TV.”